27-Year-Old Left Wing – Boston Bruins
Matt Beleskey Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $19 million contract with the Bruins in July 2015.
GM Don Sweeney relayed Thursday that Beleskey could be facing offseason hand surgery, CSN New England reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Beleskey is coming off a year in which he posted a career-high in both assists (15) and overall points (24). Though his postseason was cut short when he suffered an injury against the eventual Cup-champion Kings, Beleskey still managed to notch two goals and two assists in five playoff games. Watch for him to crest the 30-point mark this season if he gets a full-season under his belt.
Beleskey picked up eight goals and five assists 42 games in the 2012-2013 season. He was a scorer in junior, but his calling card in the NHL has been his grittiness. He has never tallied more than 18 points a year, but could hit that mark in 2013-14 while adding about 80 PIMs. That makes him more than your average pylon in leagues that count sin bin points. And it's always nice to roll guys in those formats who won't be a complete anchor on your other counting categories.
Beleskey only played 35 games with the Ducks last season, totaling 10 points on three goals and seven assists. He did, however, make six playoff performances with the Ducks, though it was followed by surgery to repair a torn labrum in May. Still considered a prospect, fantasy owners need Beleskey to stay healthy before he can be an attractive pickup in any league.
Beleskey played his first full season with the Ducks in 2009-10. With 18 points and a minus-10 rating, his value to the Ducks is not his point production. What he brings to the team is his versatility as the coaching staff can place him in a variety of different roles based on need and situation. If the Ducks commit to a true third scoring line, Beleskey would benefit by a rise in his point totals.
Beleskey received his first taste of the NHL in 2009, playing two games without scoring a point. Don't let the lack of goal production fool you however as Beleskey has proven to be a goal scorer in the OHL with 41 goals in 2007-08. He is certain to begin the season in the AHL and will be called up once injuries start to hit the Ducks.
The Ducks appear to have gotten an excellent value when they were able to nab Beleskey in the fourth round of the 2006 draft. He's steadily improved his offensive production at Belleville (OHL) in his four seasons there, while racking up 41 goals and 49 assists in 62 games for the Bulls last season. He seems destined for an eventual top-six forward spot in Anaheim, but look for Belesky to spend his time with the Ducks' new AHL affiliate in Iowa this season.